Dinardaraan (dunuguan to the Tagalogs) is native to Ilocos Norte. It’s basically pig’s blood and meat stewed in spices and sukang Iloko. A more modern version of dinardaraan is the crispy dinardaraan made famous by Dawang’s Place, the well-liked Ilocano breakfast and lunch place with an uncontrived ambiance. For lunch I went to Eagle’s Nest by the Java Hotel and tried out their crispy dinardaraan on a bed of bihon (rice noodles), another dinardaraan mutation I heard about from a Manileño friend of mine. It sounded provocative.
It was strange in good way. For the audacious eater, it’s definitely a must-try. The waitress mentioned it was a hot seller. While I was relishing my chocolate meat, Alexa, who was with me, was also enjoying her own chocolate ice cream.
They have huge servings at Eagle’s Nest. The menu is eclectic, with Filipino, Ilocano and Japanese fare. I delight in their sukiyaki and salmon sashimi on occasion.
Eagle’s Nest, Java Hotel
Gen. Segundo Ave.
Brgy. 55B Salet, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
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